Rod McDonald


Rod McDonald has over forty years experience working with lettering and type. Much of his career was spent providing hand lettering and typographic styling to the Toronto advertising and design community. He was one of the first typographers to switch to the ‘Mac’ in the mid ’80s and was soon providing custom fonts to ad agencies and design studios. He has designed logos for many of the leading Canadian magazines including Applied Arts, Maclean’s and Toronto Life. He has also created typefaces for these, and other, magazines and corporations. He has taught typography at Sheridan College, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and NSCAD University.

Rod is a member of the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), the Type Directors Club (TDC) in New York and the Association Typographique International (ATypI). He is a founding member of the Type Club of Toronto and an ex-board member of The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA) in the USA. In 2007 he was a judge at the Type Directors Club prestigious TDC2 show in New York. He has twice received the Monotype Imaging Type Design Fellowship. In October 2011 his typeface Egyptian Slate was one of only 53 typefaces selected by ATypI in their Letter2 competition held in Buenos Aires. His typeface Gibson, designed in honour of Canadian design pioneer John Gibson was released last year by Canada Type. All proceeds from the sales of Gibson go directly to the GDC Design Education fund. Rod writes a regular column on type for Applied Arts magazine.